Sir Arthur C. Clarke wasn’t a believer in any traditional religion, but he had a “Possibilian” open mind – he was open to the wonders of the possible. Sir Arthur’s disciplined but visionary scientific imagination included technological resurrection – the possibility that future super-advanced science and technology could bring the dead back to life.
Editor’s note: This essay by Khannea Suntzu is inspired by the TV adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction masterpiece “Childhood’s End.” See also “How ‘Childhood’s End’ Finally Made It to TV” on Rolling Stone. I haven’t started watching the miniseries but I’ll be sure to post a review in a few days. I hope they haven’t departed from the book too much, and at least respected Clarke’s spirit and atmosphere. “Childhood’s End” is one of my favorite science fiction novels – see my mini review here. See also some absurdly idiotic comments by the usual suspects.
It is not surprising that some of the best visions of technological resurrection have been proposed by science fiction writers. What is science fiction, after all, but the best way to talk meaningfully of wild speculative, still mysterious science and technology, and their likely impact on our world?
The Light of Other Days is one of my favorite science fiction books ever. It was written in 2000 by Stephen Baxter based on a synopsis by Arthur C. Clarke. This breathtaking and well written story features awesome, “magic” science and technology, from a communication breakthrough based on the exotic physics of quantum wormholes all the way to mind fusion, group minds, past viewing, and the resurrection of the dead. Very, very highly recommended.
“A lot of the best science fiction inspires us, by showing how people can solve problems and conquer ignorance,” writes Charlie Jane Anders at io9. “What’s the most uplifting piece of optimistic science fiction you’ve ever seen?” There are many suggestions, and a good discussion.
I am re-reading for zillionth time my collection of works of the Master, Sir Arthur C. Clarke. This is a selection of his writings on time scanning, resurrection and afterlife. Continue reading Masters of Time: Sir Arthur C. Clarke on resurrection technology